Students at Pope Francis Prep embrace an inspiring dedication to the performing arts. It is through the performing arts, that a curiosity for learning is cultivated and is ignited while discovering unknown talents. With opportunities for acting, playing musical instruments or singing in the chorus, all students interested in performing are encouraged to pursue their passion. The Pope Francis Players put on two productions – a drama or comedy in the fall and a musical in the spring, and our Chorus presents a winter concert and sings at commencement.
BY RICK ABBOT
One plucky community theatre is about to produce a show called Murder Most Foul, a new “murder mystery play” with the same title as an Agatha Christie novel but with no relation whatsoever. The director/theatre manager, Gerry, thought producing the play was a good idea since the inexperienced playwright has agreed to let the company perform the show for no charge. Gerry, however, had no idea what disasters awaited her: the show is hilariously amateur, the “murder mystery” plot doesn’t really have a murder, and to top it off the playwright keeps changing the story and script only two days from its premiere! It doesn’t help that the cast is disgruntled, and the playwright accidentally deletes the entire sound effect board. All of the disasters come to fruition in Act III when the company performs the actual show with hilarious mishaps as every turn. Play On! is a hilarious love letter to community theatre.
Friday, December 2 at 7pm
Saturday, December 3 at 7pm
Sunday, December 4 at 2pm
Cost: $10 adults, $5 students and Senior Citizens
Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Please email Mr. John Anziano with questions at email@example.com.
BY ERIC PRICE
PLAY OVERVIEW: Emma, a senior at Highbury Prep, is certain she knows what’s best for her classmates’ love lives, and is determined to find the perfect boyfriend for shy sophomore Harriet by the end of the school year. But will Emma’s relentless matchmaking get in the way of finding her own happiness? Based on Jane Austen’s classic novel, this sparkling new musical features the hit songs of legendary girl groups and iconic female singers from The Supremes to Katy Perry. Girl power has never sounded so good!
Friday, March 25 at 7pm
Saturday, March 26 at 7pm
Sunday, March 27 at 2pm
The Pope Players present the murder mystery/comedy
The Plot, Like Gravy, Thickens
by Billy St. John
Great storm effects, spiffy costumes and lots of fun and mystery distinguish this work. Gathered on a stormy evening at Worthington Manor to celebrate Edward’s fiftieth birthday are his attractive wife, her brother, Edward’s befuddled older sister, his ex-wife and his daughter, a college student. Also present are his shady lawyer and his uptight business manager with his giddy wife and southern secretary as well as the butler, the housekeeper, the maid and the cook. Each has a motive that is barely established when the lights go out! Seconds later they come back on to reveal the knife for the birthday cake protruding from Edward’s back. In Act II, the police detective investigates, eventually allowing the audience to question or accuse suspects before the killer’s identity is revealed in a surprising climax.
Dates: Friday December 3, 7pm; Saturday December 4, 7pm; Sunday December 5, 2pm